Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Peeters In

Official confirmation last night that Bob Peeters is the new manager (first team Coach) of Charlton Athletic Football Club. I will support him whole-heartedly from the off and give him his chance. My only hope is that Roland Duchatelet has not found the 'yes man' he hoped he had in Chris Powell and Jose Riga. 

We need to continue to find the best players available to us from the market and that any Network joiners are appropriate in number and treated on merit in terms of team selection. On that front at least, news of Chris O'Grady's signing for a fee yesterday from Barnsley bodes well. Wyn Grant has also picked up on the possible arrival of a Belgian international keeper, Koen Casteels.

Casteels is another player for the future. At 21, I believe he is second-choice at Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga but has represented Belgium at all levels short of the first team but will travel with the squad to Brazil. We need cover, at least, for Nicky Pope but the idea of a rival keeper would be no bad thing for either of them. I do question this though. Hoffenheim have big money backing and unless they have their eye on another keeper that might make Casteels surplus to requirements  I can't see why they would let him go. There is even a suggestion that Mark Schwarzer could arrive to end his career in London, give us a back-up and bring Nicky Pope on. Either of these developments would cost money and would hit my "ambitious" mark. 

I have a day off today and will be spending it in south-west London in the company of my fellow Scots. I have mates travelling down from Scotland and a couple from Norway to see us play World Cup finalists, Nigeria at Craven Cottage. I am planning on visiting Dermot Mulvin, former Barman-extraordinaire from the Rose of Denmark, who has been running The Crown in Richmond for the last couple couple of years. I am hoping there may be some truth in the Nigeria match-fixing rumour. It would be good to see Scotland winning 5-0 in London. Whatever happens, it promises to be a colourful day.


Anonymous said...

How much did you bung them Dave - a haggis and a wee dram? Enjoy your game mate.

Pembury Addick

Tony said...

How's Dermot? Hope he is well. The last i heard he was due to become a dad? I never thought he had it in him.
Speaking of match fixing, what was the noise about? What result was being lumped on?
It couldn't have been a Scotland win, otherwise the entire betting fraternity would have smelt a rat.

Dave said...

Tony - Dermot is now Dad to 5 month old Emily. He looked like a pig in excrement yesterday. Had a bet on 4-0 to Scotland with two penalties and two OG's. Shame the cat got out of the bag and the Nigerian's had to play the game!